By Jose M. Romero
The Giants won the World Series. Yay. Hooray for Sergio Romo and his banda music intro.
Sorry. I’m neither happy about it nor inclined to write about it. So I’ll instead write about the BCS and college football.
It’s safe to say that this system isn’t fail-proof. Two human voters polls and computer rankings. Like one of my favorite R&B artists, Keith Sweat, used to say, “Something just ain’t right.”
So a four-team playoff was approved and will be in place in 2014. That means college football fans get two more seasons of the BCS picking the top two teams in the country for the national championship game.
The BCS gets it right more often than not. That’s not to say I’m a proponent; I look forward to the playoff system and wish it was in place now.
If it was, my Oregon Ducks would be in. Provided they win out and finish 13-0 including the Pac-12 championship game.
But Oregon is No. 4 even though it is undefeated. The reason being, well, because the computer just doesn’t think the Ducks have played a tough enough schedule.
And believe it or not, they’re right. Oregon just doesn’t have enough quality wins to be in first or second place, even though its offense is spectacular and its defense fast and effective. The Ducks’ non-conference schedule was a laugher, ironically made so because Kansas State, which was supposed to play the Ducks in the second game of a home-and-home series this season, was not on the calendar.
All indications are that it was a mutual decision to call off the series between both programs, but consider this – a win for the Ducks over the Wildcats this year would almost certainly have the Ducks in the No. 2 spot right now. As it stands, K-State is No. 2, and right behind the Wildcats and ever so slightly ahead of the Ducks is No. 3 Notre Dame.
The Fighting Irish manhandled Oklahoma on the road on Saturday and have played a tough schedule, much more rugged than Oregon’s. It’s hard to say they don’t deserve their place.
The best part of all this is that any one of these teams could slip up and lose and fall out of the ranks of the undefeated, and therefore kiss their national title hopes goodbye. No. 1 Alabama goes to No. 5 LSU this weekend, and a loss will drop the Crimson Tide out of its lofty perch.
Notre Dame and Kansas State don’t have the strong remaining schedule that the Ducks do, so if Oregon can win out, it would seem to have a good shot at ending up in the BCS national title game. The Ducks get No. 17 USC this weekend in Los Angeles, then in two weeks host No. 14 Stanford and end the regular season at current No. 11 Oregon State.
Kansas State faces no team currently ranked hire than 23rd, and Notre Dame plays a USC team at the end of the season that could have three losses, if not more.
Novembers in college football. Now we’re talking.